Today, I’m guest blogging on Suzie Eller’s website regarding forgiveness. Please click over and check it out. http://tsuzanneeller.com/2013/07/08/forgive-to-live-frenemy-or-real-enemy/#more-6097. Suzie is a Proverbs 31 speaker and author. Her latest book is The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness.
She talked with my entire family except me. When I tried to engage her in a conversation, she snubbed me and walked away. Confused, I asked a mutual friend why this person would be upset with me. Apparently, this woman was under the impression I insulted her father-in-law and she was quite angry with me.
I called and tried to seek her out to ask about the situation and offer my apology but she would have nothing to do with me. Whenever I see her, she makes it clear she is unwilling to forgive.
Have you ever sought forgiveness only to be rejected?
What are we to do with the hurt and rejection from those who are not interested in forgiving our mistakes or unwilling to talk though misunderstandings?
- Do not allow the hurt to result in more damage. Hurt can sometimes cause us to react negatively and say things we will later regret. Our goal should be to repair the relationship. This cannot be done if we continue to further the damage.
- Once a sincere apology is offered, there is no need to continue apologizing about the situation.
- Continue to be a good friend. Try to engage in conversation if the opportunity arises and if she is willing to speak, genuinely listen. If she is experiencing a crisis, drop off supper or send a card. Avoid coming on too strong by constantly seeking her out. Give her the space and time she needs.
- Pray for a resolution. Pray she will open her heart to you again and the rift will be healed. Pray for your own heart to heal from the hurt of rejection and to be patient in waiting for God to work in the situation.
Unfortunately, it’s been a few years now that my friend has been upset. I’ve accepted she may never forgive me. It saddens me but I’ve come to the realization some relationships just come to an end due to no fault of our own.
I continue to offer friendly greetings upon seeing her and attempt conversation. However, God has healed my heart of the hurt and has helped me move on even as I continue to pray and hope for a reconciliation someday.
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